Corruption at FIFA, never!
Jack Warner, the former Fifa vice-president, has claimed that he acquired the World Cup television rights for Trinidad & Tobago for as little as $1 in 1998 after helping Sepp Blatter get elected as president of football’s world governing body, according to reports.
Warner, who resigned from Fifa in June when he was being investigated for alleged bribery by the organisation, claimed he acquired the rights via a Mexican company for the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions, AP reported last night.
Warner also claimed that he refused to endorse Blatter in last June’s presidential election despite being offered the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, again for a nominal fee. He further alleged that he was offered other “inducements” to develop football in the Caribbean. Warner claims he used the revenue from selling on the rights to develop football in the Caribbean, which is part of Concacaf, of which he was president before he and another Fifa vice-president, Mohamed bin Hamman, resigned.
So Jack Warner is essentially saying that FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a corrupt and the former vice-president knows this because he happily agreed to partake in said corruption. Not much of a defence is it.
Warner is basically saying that prior to the 1998 World Cup he was happy to exchange his support of Blatter in return for TV rights but because he refused to do a similar deal for the 2018 and 2022 finals he was left out in the cold and forced to resign.
Hands up if you feel sorry for the way Mr. Warner has been treated by FIFA? Surprise, no hands.